Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist disability employment services, is one of only 13 companies in the UK to have been awarded ‘Leader’ status by the nationally renowned Disability Confident scheme operated by the Department for Work and Pensions.
The accolade, which is the highest award, recognises an employer dedicated to supporting people with disabilities or health conditions in the workplace, as well as helping other employers to become ‘Disability Confident’ themselves.
Gareth Parry, Chief Executive of Remploy says: “I am immensely proud that Remploy has been awarded Disability Confident Leader status. It is important to the delivery of our mission to transform the lives of disabled people through sustainable employment that we set an example of best practice as a business ourselves.
“At least 28 per cent of all Remploy colleagues, including at board level, are disabled. It is a key priority for us to ensure that disabled people see Remploy as a great place to work.”
More than seven million people (17.5%) of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition, yet many still face barriers when it comes to finding a job and there is a 32% gap in the employment rate between disabled and non-disabled people.
The Disability Confident scheme was set up in 2013 with the aim of working with employers to challenge attitudes, increase understanding of disability, remove barriers, and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt, said:
“Disability Confident is about increasing opportunities for disabled people and for employers, and this major revamp will take the scheme to the next level. More than 2,400 businesses have signed up so far and this is a great start but I want to see all employers challenging the misconceptions of the past and realising the many benefits disabled people can bring to the workplace.
“I urge employers everywhere to become Disability Confident and make the most of this untapped pool of talent.”
The underlying aim of Disability Confident is to create a movement for change – getting employers to think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers. The scheme takes employers on a journey from being Disability Confident Committed (Level 1) to being a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2), then going on to be a Disability Confident Leader (Level 3)